A tale that has it all; mud, moaning and mayhem, aka, another day in the life of our family.
We don’t really go in for new year’s resolutions in this house, we have things that we would like to do or achieve and one of those things is to get out more as a family. We say this a lot. We live in a beautiful part of the world and we should make more of it but life gets in the way. Sport, clubs, homework and other things always seem to get in the way and we always enjoy getting out and doing things, especially if there is fresh air and lots of space involved.
In the spirit of this, we decided to walk off some of the Christmas excesses and go for a walk up Bredon Hill. We love it up there, it is a short drive to the bottom and from there are lots of routes of different lengths and when you get towards the top, the views are breathtaking.
As per usual, our decision to go was thwarted by rubbish weather and persistent moaning from the children. Cries of too far, too tired, it’s too windy all hiding the older one’s reluctance to put down their devices. Determined, I rounded them up, turned everything off and bustled them into the car with slightly more enthusiasm than I was actually feeling as the rain whipped my face and the wind picked up speed.
But fresh air is like magic, once the lungs are filled and the cobwebs have been blown away, everyone was red-cheeked and smiling. It doesn’t feel like an effort, we walked and talked, talked and walked, ran, climbed and laughed. For the first time in ages, we enjoyed some family time without any of the distractions of daily life. It was wonderful. We even saw the large herd of deer that roam across the hill, something that had previously eluded us.
Yes, it rained. Yes, I nearly got squashed by a large falling branch. Yes, one child nearly lost a welly in the mud. Yes, it was so windy when we headed up onto the higher ground, we could hardly stand. Yes, by the time we got home, we were all drenched through to the skin, but it was wonderful. I recommend it to anyone and although I hope that it will be slightly drier, I can’t wait to do it again.